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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Mobility Options
no. 12

Increase active transportation and alternatives to single-occupancy car travel.
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Promote carpooling or ridesharing among community members, city employees, businesses, high schools and institutions of higher education.

  • See, for example, the rideshare service set up at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.
  • Smart phone-based "peer-to-peer" ride-sharing networks active in Minnesota include Lyft and Uber.
Develop and/or distribute education materials.
Develop a rideboard or partner with a ridesharing online service to create a rideboard/carpool matching service.
Facilitate carpooling/ridesharing via an annual challenge campaign; create a park-and-ride lot; incorporate payment for both ride-shares and local transit (and connections between the two) on a single smartphone app.

Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/13/2017
Date of last report update:   03/13/2017
Year action initially completed:   2008
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Golden Valley has two park and ride lots at General Mills Boulevard and Interstate 394 and at Highway 100 and Duluth Street. These lots give access to bus routes and car-pool services.

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

Metro Transit

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Date action report first entered:   01/09/2018
Date of last report update:   01/09/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Moorhead and MATBUS promote commuting to work and school through transit, biking, walking, and carpooling through an annual promotion called the iGoEco Challenge. This promotion is based on the Minnesota State-wide campaign entitled the Commuter Challenge. Residents are encouraged to leave their car at home and take alternative transportation at least once per week. This five-week promotion is held in the spring and weekly prize drawings are held for those who complete the challenge. Area businesses provide the prizes and encourage their employees to participate. The promotion was first launched in 2011 and nearly 400 people participate each year.

For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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Date action report first entered:   03/21/2011

Implementation details:
Hopkins currently has a park and ride lot at the Hopkins Transit Center located on Excelsior Blvd. This lot gives access to bus routes and car-pool services. The City also takes part in the Minnesota Rideshare carpooling program offered through Metro Transit.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Currently routes 12, 615, 664, 664, 668, and 670 run to and from downtown Minneapolis to Hopkins.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/development/plan/pdf/08-transportation.pdf; http://www.metrotransit.org/rideshare-carpool.aspx

For more information contact:
Kersten Elverum (City staff)   |   kelverum@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6340

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   10/27/2014
Date of last report update:   10/27/2014

Implementation details:
The City partners with St. Paul Smart Trips to promote alternative commuting options for workers in Saint Paul, specifically in the downtown area. St. Paul Smart Trips is able to offer employers various benefits for promoting alternative commuting options to their employees. The City also has a vehicle fleet available for eligible employees who may not drive to work to use if needed. Car2Go (https://www.car2go.com/en/minneapolis/) and HOURCAR (http://www.hourcar.org/), two car sharing programs, also operate in the city of Saint Paul, giving the Saint Paul community more transportation options.

Descriptive links: http://www.smart-trips.org/

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Date action report first entered:   02/29/2012

Implementation details:
AMCAT works with Mayo Health Systems- Austin to drop off/pick up elderly and disabled in effort to cut down on parking overload

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

AMCAT/Mayo Health Systems- Austin

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   06/19/2012

Implementation details:
The City promotes carpooling/ride sharing through its Project Conserve Program. Residents receive information about carpooling during our fall workshop and were encouraged to join a ride share program in our May Project Conserve Newsletter to promote environmentally friendly actions in the workplace.

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For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Date action report first entered:   04/30/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has been working with Anoka Commute Solutions to promote increased use of the NorthStar Commuter Rail. Fridley is the last stop prior to the NorthStar's arrival into downtown Minneapolis, and has yet to reach its full potential as a City asset. The City with Katie Kasten of Anoka Commute Solutions, set up listening sessions last July, about the possibilities of incorporating a Nice Rides unit at the station. Commuter bicyclists said this would not help them and doubted that it would entice others to use the NorthStar. A grant for a dedicated van pool in partnership with the City's largest employers is now being pursued.

For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff)   |   rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov   |   763-572-3594

Anoka County Commute Solutions

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Date action report first entered:   03/20/2012
Date of last report update:   04/24/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood promotes car pooling and ride sharing between their employees whenever practical/possible as required by the sustainable purchasing policy 4.2.9. Many city events have car pool notices and suggestions at the end of the event invitation.

Descriptive links: http://mn-maplewood.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2377

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Date action report first entered:   04/29/2015
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Victoria has a limited parking lot for employees - we try to use the parking lot for citizens or visitors who are shopping and dining in the downtown Victoria area. City employees are given information on the benefits of carpooling. We are trying to implement incentives for employees who carpool on a regular basis.

Descriptive links: http://www.metrotransit.org/carpool

For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff)   |   mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us   |   952-443-4219

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greenstep advisor
Amber Dallman, Bicycle/Pedestrian Section, MN Dept. of Transportation: 651/366-4189, amber.dallman@state.mn.us